Sheffield is a very small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 3,208 people and just one neighborhood, Sheffield is the 270th largest community in Massachusetts. Sheffield has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.
Occupations and Workforce
Sheffield is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Sheffield is a town of sales and office workers, service providers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sheffield who work in management occupations (14.83%), office and administrative support (14.60%) and sales jobs (12.44%).
A relatively large number of people in Sheffield telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.18% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Sheffield is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Sheffield’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Sheffield has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Sheffield has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Sheffield than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Sheffield may be for you.